Guilt free desserts with Health­box

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For many peo­ple, eat­ing dessert comes with a feel­ing of guilt. How­ever, food re­stric­tions can some­times lead to more crav­ings which end up by a binge-eat­ing episode and putting on weight again. You can still en­joy yummy and good desserts by watch­ing the qual­ity and quan­tity of sweets you eat, hence mak­ing them more nu­tri­tious for your body and less caloric.

Here are some healthy tips to fol­low:

1. Con­trol your por­tion size: any­thing big­ger than the palm of your hand is too much.

2. Con­trol the fat con­tent: re­place bad fats such as but­ter, short­en­ing or lard with good fats such as peanut but­ter, al­mond pow­der, veg­etable oil, etc.

3. Re­place heavy cream and whole fat milk with skim milk or low-fat yo­gurt.

4. Sub­sti­tute milk and sweet­ened choco­late with dark choco­late. 5. Cut back on to­tal sugar by one third. 6. Re­place half of the sugar with a sugar sub­sti­tute that is suit­able for bak­ing.

7. Use sweet-tast­ing fruit, such as ripe ba­nanas, to re­place half the sugar.

8. Rely on spices or fla­vors that en­hance sweet­ness, such as cin­na­mon, gin­ger, vanilla, orange, co­coa pow­der and nut­meg. You can also use honey and agave as nat­u­ral sug­ars.

9. Bake with whole-wheat flour in­stead of white flour.

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